Thursday, June 19, 2014

Breastfeeding Selfies

Actress Jamie King is the most recent of  many celebrities posting breastfeeding selfies.

First we had blogs, then tweets, then instagramming your lunch, then duckface selfies, and now we are seeing a new trend......

breastfeeding selfies.

Yes they are what you think, moms are posting to instagram, twitter and facebook photos of themselves breastfeeding. Seriously,  #breastfeedingselfie is a thing.

This is becoming such commonplace that recently Facebook changed it's policy on nipple exposure. Before the change a mother breastfeeding with an exposed nipple was considered obscene and would be removed. The new policy allows female nipple in photos of breastfeeding moms.

Many post these photos as a way to encourage other breastfeeding moms and to demonstrate that breastfeeding is natural and not something to be hidden away or ashamed of. When my youngest was a newborn selfies were just gaining momentum. I remember taking a breastfeeding selfie, but never did I think about posting it on social media. To me breastfeeding felt like such an intimate thing. I would also not post a selfie of making out with my husband.

What do you think about this new trend? 
Is this a great way to raise awareness, or TMI? 

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